Saturday 18 July 2009

Diagnosis

We know what is wrong with Niall. He has a condition called Artial Fibrillation, which means that his heart, for no apparent reason (the normal reasons don't apply to Niall) has stopped beating with a regular pattern and is very (VERY!) irregular. Because of this it was beating almost twice as fast as it should have been.

Cure? Well, the cure has an equally long name. It is called Electrical Cardioversion or DC Cardioversion. Niall is on three different types of medicine to thin the blood and another kind to get his heart rate down. If the heart rate comes down by Sunday they will let him out on Monday and he can go back to work. He will have to stay on the warfarin and attend the hospital every Tuesday for 6 weeks. Then he will have the Electrical Cardioversion. They will administer intravenous sedation and while he is out cold they will give his heart an electrical shock.

If this works, his heart pattern should go back to normal, if not, he continues to take warfarin for another 6 weeks and they try it again. There are a couple of possible complications that could happen during all this but there is no point in thinking about them as they probably won't happen. He has to be careful not to get any hard knocks while on the warfarin though.

It's very good to finally know what is wrong with Niall even if we don't know why it happened. The bottom like is that God has allowed it and that all things work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to his purpose. (that's not a direct quote!) A doctor told me yesterday that if Niall didn't get treatment for this problem, he would have had a heart attack, anther reason for us to thank God.

So we would very much appreciate it if you would pray that this particular treatment will work and that life will get back to relative normal, well, normal for our family anyway;-)

We had to tell Sean about his dad seeing that Niall has been/will be in hospital for so long. He was upset initially but we spent most of the day with Niall yesterday playing chess/watching movie on lap top/Bible reading and prayer and we had a great day so we are all in good form.

Although this is a wake up call for Niall and me to take a good look at out eating/exercise habits, I can't help but think that it has something to do with the fact that the Summer Bible Club will be held here is a few weeks. Also, Sean has been hurting a lot over losing the friendship of one who was his best friend since he was very small, and I know a fervent prayer to our father about this would go a long way...?

Oh, and by the way, he got a bed yesterday in a ward on the 6th floor!!!

Thanks for keeping up with us, and thanks to all who have given me lifts to the hospital, who have texted, phone, looked after Sean, visited Niall and kept up with him on his Face Book.

Hope you are all enjoying your Summer.

Take care and may the Lord continue to bless us all indeed.

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4 comments:

Heather L. said...

Thank you for the update. I'm glad to know the diagnosis before we leave on holiday and will be keeping you all in prayer.

My little David had some sort of similar thing while in the womb. I was on heart meds for him. We are very thankful that the problem cured itself on birth -- otherwise we would have been looking at some sort of coterization of some of the electrical impulses (I'm sure I'm not describing it properly.) Too bad Niall can't just be "born" and have the problem fix itself. :)
So glad the docs caught this in time.

Heather L. said...

Keep meaning to say that I got your little package and can't wait to watch it -- just need to find the right computer/tv with British DVD -- I think I'll manage. Thanks for thinking of me!!!

FancyHorse said...

I'm just now reading this; I've been away from Blogger for a few days. I'll certainly keep Niall and Sean and you in my prayers!

ruth said...

I just found this. I'm so sorry that you are all going through this. What a blessing that you can trust God. One of my son David's friends has a father who does research on treatment for this condition. He is a professor at the State University of New York in Binghamton, and he partners with medical research doctors at Strong Memorial hospital in Rochester, NY. They are coming up with some good treatment options.